The Pit & The Pendulum


The Pit & The Pendulum


6 - 24 Nov 2018

Plus 9pm Fri and Sat
4pm on Sun

£16, £13 concessions

Unreserved seating

A fierce political prisoner wakes in her pitch black cell.

She has been imprisoned for the act of removing her hijab in public.

She will not be broken by her faceless torturers.

Above her, the razor sharp pendulum swings ever lower.

Described as ‘a masterpiece’ by London Theatre Reviews, Creation Theatre transport Edgar Allen Poe’s psychological horror deftly into 21st century Tehran. Innovative sound and video design merge with live performance, bringing you face to face with gruesome oppression and irrepressible feminism.

Audiences will join our heroine on a sensory journey of deprivation and perseverance, wearing wireless headphones to access the darkest corners of her mind, where neither the disembodied voice of Edgar Allen Poe or Luke Skywalker offer any solace.

As the walls close in around you, chances of survival are slim…

Creation Theatre Company return to Omnibus Theatre following their riotous, smash-hit production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer (a finalist for the Off-West End Award for Best Theatre for Young People 2017). Creation have been producing site-specific productions across Oxfordshire for 22 years, bringing anarchic adaptations of classic stories to unusual venues.

The Pit and the Pendulum has been adapted by Christopher York, a recipient of the High Tide First Commissions Award and a member of Old Vic 12 Shortlist 2016.

Bonus Events

Post-show Q&A
Terri Paddock hosts a post-show Q&A on Tuesday 13th November with cast and creatives from The Pit & The Pendulum


“A powerhouse of a production”

The Upcoming


“A masterpiece… Written and directed exquisitely”

London Theatre Reviews

“An interesting collision of fact and fiction…York splices present-day politics and eighteenth-century horror together deftly”

The Stage

The Pit and the Pendulum | Production Gallery | Photos by Richard Budd

The Pit and the Pendulum | Trailer



Afsaneh Dehrouyeh

Production Team


Christopher York


Afsaneh Dehrouyeh

Sound Design

Matt Eaton

Video Design

Eva Auster

Vicky Spencer

Stage Manager

Sound Deputy

Chris Humphries

Production Manager

Dan Parry